Dominion Energy and Port of Virginia are working on a lease for a site at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to support the construction of the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind offshore wind farm.

The lease covers a 70 acre area where the developer plans to build a staging and pre-assembly area for the foundations and turbines that will be installed on the site of the wind farm approximately 43.5 kilometers (27 miles) off the coast of Virgibia Beach should be.

This emerges from the recent update of the Port of Virginia, the 17th Projects.

“The industry is evolving and that is why we will continue our investment strategy in order to always be prepared for the future. This enables us to meet customer needs and increase our market share, ”said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

The CVOW commercial offshore wind project is currently under review by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which began the process last month after Dominion Energy presented its Construction and Operations Plan (COP) in December 2020.

The COP contains information about the construction, operating and conceptual decommissioning plans of the wind farm as well as about onshore and support facilities.

The large offshore wind farm, which already has its 12 MW pilot predecessor in operation off Virginia, could contain up to 205 turbines and have an installed capacity of up to 3 GW.

During development and construction, the project would create an average of around 900 jobs in 2020-2026, with a peak of around 1,500 in 2024 and 2025. During operation and maintenance, the offshore wind farm would create around 1,100 long-term jobs.

Dominion Energy plans to start construction in 2024 and commission the offshore wind farm in 2026.